Japan’s Third Arrow Not So Sharp
Shinzo Abe promised to get the Japanese economy growing again with a ‘three arrow’ plan. The first two arrows were pure Keynesianism: unlimited monetary easing, and a huge borrowing spending plan. The third arrow was to be deregulation. But so far, there’s been almost nothing, and aside from switching metaphors from ‘arrow’ to ‘drill-bit’, little specifics were offered in yesterday’s speech to the global ruling class in Davos.
Here’s the Wall Street Journal, also known at chief cheerleaders for Abe’s sales tax hike.
“Delivering an address at the World Economic Forum, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would act like a “drill bit” to cut through red tape and break down obstacles to growth in Japan. He cited broad areas from health care, trade, pension investments, tax policy and female labor-force participation to immigration.
“Over the next two years, no vested interests will remain immune from my drill,” Mr. Abe said in his speech, “A New Vision From a New Japan.”
But while the prime minister touched on an array of planned overhauls, he didn’t introduce any new policy. Nor did he discuss substantive details or new numerical goals for existing plans that investors and economists have been waiting to see as signs of his commitment to strategies for growth.”
Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership.
Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups.
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Jerry consulted extensively with the Bush White House on matters pertaining to the recent economic crisis. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and various local newspapers. He has been a contributing editor of National Review Online, The New York Sun and Townhall Magazine. Jerry has hosted daily radio and TV programs and was one of the founding members of WQED’s On-Q Friday Roundtable. He has guest-hosted the Bill Bennett radio program as well as radio programs in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
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Jerry has taught social ethics at Ottawa Theological Hall, public policy at Saint Vincent’s College, and guest lectured at Carnegie Mellon’s graduate Heinz School of Public Policy. In 1997 Jerry gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Robert Morris University. He was the youngest speaker in the history of the school, and the school received more requests for transcripts of Jerry’s speech than at any other time in its 120-year history.
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